Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes will once again delve into the past for his next TV series.
Fellowes is working with writer Ian Kelly on a script for Sky Atlantic that will dramatise one of the world’s most famous rags-to-riches stories in a series called Five Arrows, according to Deadline.
Their project will tell the tale of the Rothschild family, who rose up from humble beginnings to form one of the world’s most successful banking empires in history.
The Rothschilds’ history is one of triumph over adversity, including the rampant anti-Semitism throughout Europe during their rise to power in the 1700s.
Five Arrows will be produced by Jemima Khan, the prominent journalist and campaigner who helped bring the BAFTA-nominated documentary We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks to the screen.
This is the second new period drama that Julian Fellowes is currently working on. He’s received a full-season commitment from NBC in the US for The Gilded Age.
Fellowes’s The Gilded Age is set against the rise of ‘new money’ in 1880s New York City, and could serve as a prequel to Downton Abbey by including a younger version of Dame Maggie Smith’s Dowager Countess.
(The Dowager Countess and Isobel in Downton Abbey)
The Gilded Age will be set roughly 30 years before the first series of Downton Abbey.
Fellowes is also reportedly still mulling a Downton Abbey movie, with cast member Phyllis Logan assuring fans in January that the reunion project isn’t “dead in the water” just yet.
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